Reserves Officer


This is a focused and very high intensity work placement, where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility leading small groups of volunteers.  The placement also involves learning a broad set of skills on the job, everything from tractor driving to habitat surveys and as such is designed as a career development step.

Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands.  The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial and marine wildlife and associated habitats.

The AWT manages two reserves totalling 112ha, a17ha community woodland, a Ramsar site, over 20km of footpaths, along with a handful of smaller sites.  You will work under the Trust’s Conservation Officer, who takes responsibility for the long-term policy and planning of these sites, and a well-established group of long term conservation volunteers, who act both as a labour force and support mechanism for the Conservation Team.

The main duties of the Reserves Officer include:

  1. Regular maintenance of the AWT’s two terrestrial reserves and other sites. This includes control of bracken and invasive species and the upkeep of information points and bird hides, liaising with the Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) regarding sites in joint usage, as described within the Longis Reserves Management Plan.
  2. Maintenance of footpaths across the island, using a combination of tractor, brushcutters and hand tools.
  3. Working with the Conservation Officer to deliver management of heritage sites for an affiliated charity.
  4. Supporting the AWT’s Conservation Officer in the implementation of biological monitoring within the reserves and other sites (Butterflies, Moths, Breeding Bird Surveys and others).
  5. Helping to supervise the Alderney Grazing Animal Project.
  6. Supporting the management of the Essex Farm Field Centre, including maintenance of the AWT’s tools and vehicles.
  7. Co-ordinating with the Alderney Conservation Volunteers in practical conservation tasks and the delivery of duties (1-6).
  8. Supporting the broader AWT team to help plan and run events/walks, predominantly through the summer season.
  9. Maintaining a small wildlife garden within the Island’s town of St. Anne.

Personal Specification

Essential Requirements:

  • An interest in practical land management.
  • HND or B.Sc. in a relevant field and/or equivalent field experience.
  • Some experience of the use and maintenance of hand tools and power machinery.
  • Some experience of practical conservation.
  • A full clean driving licence.
  • A sense of humour.

Desirable qualities:

  • Be versatile with a flexible approach to work.
  • Show a resilient attitude to problem solving.
  • Be willing to learn on the job, be intuitive and show initiative.
  • Be a committed team worker, able to integrate quickly into a team, and the tight-knit island community.
  • Be motivated and willing to work independently.
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers.

The structure of the work placement will be as follows:

  • The person undertaking this role will act as a full-time placement member of staff, with all the responsibilities and support this entails.
  • The placement can operate on either a 6 month or 12 month basis.
  • The placement has a week’s induction and probation period, overseen by the Trust Manager.  Placement staff will receive in house training on equipment including tractor, powerscythe, strimmers and hand tools and may include first aid, child protection etc. depending on the applicant.  A fixed budget is provided for additional formal training in relevant qualifications to be agreed with the successful applicant.
  • The placement includes up to two return flights (approx. total value £440) or sailings to the UK (one for every 6 months of placement completed).
  • Accommodation at the AWT’s Essex Farm Field Centre (inclusive of private room, wi-fi access, shared kitchen, sitting-room and office facilities) with rent support to be agreed with the successful applicant.
  • The AWT will help to assist placement staff in securing part time paid work in parallel to their placement to help cover their costs during the placement.

How to Apply

Please download and complete the application form and return it to –  In addition we ask all applicants to provide a short covering letter (maximum of one side of A4) laying out what you think makes you suitable for this job and what benefit you would take from its undertaking.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact Mariko Whyte at  or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or telephone.

The successful candidate and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible.  The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.

Please mention when applying for this job!


Pdf Reserves Officer application form 2018  

Key Information


Alderney Wildlife Trust


Fixed Term


Full Time


Entry Level


Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Alderney, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

3rd December 2017 at 6:00pm